About us
Escape to the country
Streamcombe Farm, with its bed and breakfast and cookery school, is the creation of Karen and Ian Jarmarkier.
Karen and Ian bought Streamcombe in the summer of 2008 and spent the following 8 months converting the main barn to create contemporary rooms for their planned bed and breakfast.  After a winter of gruelling hard work the business opened at the start of June 2009.
If you want to know what previous guests think of Streamcombe then please have a look at Streamcombe's page on TripAdvisor.
Guests rave about Ian`s abilities as a chef and evening dinner has become a ‘must have’.  Streamcombe Cookery School was a natural development and is based in a beautiful stone barn at Streamcombe.  Ian brings a wealth of cooking experience to share with participants........
Ian Jarmarkier, Streamcombe Cookery SchoolIan
Food has gradually become my life – starting as casual interest and evolving into an obsession.
Prior to moving to Streamcombe I headed the Food and Innovation Centre for a major supermarket - leading product innovation and quality, managing a team of chefs, delivering cookery demonstrations, running cookery courses, and cooking for a challenging collection of celebrities and food experts (to name a few - Pru Leith, Jamie Oliver, Oz Clarke, Zac Goldsmith, Richard Curtis and George Alagiah)
I am largely self taught but have benefited from eating in lots of great (and some not so great) restaurants and spending some time in their kitchens.  I have also worked with, and learnt from, some very skilled and talented people – a good selection of the celebrity chefs you will know and love, plus butchers, bakers, fishmongers, cheese makers, patissiers, confectioners, farmers and wine makers.
I have made a number of radio appearances talking about food and cookery, plus a bit of television work, have also provided content for a couple of books, and created more published recipes than I can count!
In addition to all of the above I also have a distinction in the WSET Level 2 Certificate in Wine and Spirits, am a trained cheese grader and of course have a Level 3 Certificate in Food Hygiene.
Food loves
  • Finding and cooking wild foods, especially mushrooms
  • Honest food – local, seasonal, natural
  • Bread, cheese, pasta, seafood, game and, of course, wine
Food hates
  • Anything intensively reared, past its best or out of season
  • Packet croutons
  • Pointless garnishes
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